Kids get­ting cre­ative for cy­cling safety

South Waikato News - - Community Cookbook - LUKE KIRKEBY

Sport Waikato is putting fun back into safety by giv­ing South Waikato chil­dren the chance to de­sign their own hel­mets.

Sport Waikato’s South Waikato District co­or­di­na­tor Lisa Mansell said un­til Fe­bru­ary 28 kids, up to the age of eight, can pick up hel­met tem­plates from their schools or from the South Waikato of­fice in Swanston St and colour them in how they like.

Judges will then choose six de­signs which will be put onto ac­tual hel­mets by Ro­torua graf­fiti artist Ants Haines. There are cat­e­gories for one to three-yearolds, four to six-year-olds and seven to eight-year-olds and two de­signs from each will be cho­sen.

Mansell said it’s part of Fe­bru­ary Bike Month which aims to pro­mote cy­cling in New Zealand.

‘‘I did this a few years back with Sport Bay of Plenty but it’s the first time it’s be­ing done in the South Waikato,’’ she said.

‘‘Ba­si­cally through­out the month ev­ery in­di­vid­ual in each class­room can de­sign their own hel­met and be how­ever cre­ative they want to be.’’

‘‘It’s about en­cour­ag­ing our kids to en­gage in cy­cling safety and cy­cling in gen­eral in the South Waikato,’’ she said.

She said there was a need for more aware­ness around cy­cling safety due to the grow­ing in­ter­est.

‘‘It's about en­cour­ag­ing our kids to en­gage in cy­cling safety and cy­cling in gen­eral in the South Waikato.’’

‘‘The Cougar Moun­tain Bike Park, Jim Mcmur­ray who is now a world renowned cy­clist, the Forest­land Wheel­ers Cy­cling Club, and our track in gen­eral like the Waikato River Trails have all re­ally en­cour­aged cy­cling in the South Waikato,’’ she said.

‘‘Kids are also start­ing to look at cy­cling to school a lot more so there is safety around that too.’’

Mansell said South Waikato District Coun­cil road safety co­or­di­na­tor Robert Cathie, South Waikato Cy­cles and Lawn­care’s War­ren Good­hue, and Haines will judge the en­tries in early March.

‘‘I will dis­play all the en­tries on the win­dows and af­ter we do the judg­ing I’ll send the hel­mets with the win­ning de­signs to Ants and it will prob­a­bly take him three or four weeks to do them,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s re­ally easy for kids to take part, they can even take them home and do them if they can’t at school and the fin­ished re­sults mean they will have an orig­i­nal hel­met that no one else has.’’

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Sport Waikato's South Waikato District co­or­di­na­tor Lisa Mansell. South Waikato kids have the chance to have their own de­signs put onto hel­mets.

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